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David Appleyard is a designer and writer based in the UK. He manages Tuts+, along with having founded several design websites including Design Shack and PixelsDaily.

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As a New Year is upon us, it may be a good chance to take stock and give your Mac a spring clean. Although OS X doesn’t accumulate a great deal of clutter in day-to-day operation, there are still a number of actions you can take to free up disk space, speed up operation, and ensure that your data is safe in 2010.

Inspired by a recent series of articles published at Minimal Mac (a great blog to subscribe to), this post will take a look at a variety of different steps to clean up your Mac for the New Year.

Grab a duster, throw on an apron, and let’s get cleaning…

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Although Dashboard received a huge amount of attention when it was originally released, it has since become a fairly standard feature of OS X. Thousands of different widgets are available – some far more useful than others.

Today I’ll be taking a look at 10 widgets that really stand out from the crowd, and have something unique and interesting to offer you in your day-to-day computer use. I hope you find a few of them useful!

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Slammer is an interesting application for designers that we reviewed a few weeks ago. It’s an advanced layout tool that allows web and interface designers alike to create and tweak their layouts to align with a grid system, golden sections, harmonious sections and the fibonacci series.

I’m pleased to tell you that we have five licenses to give away to a handful of lucky readers. Entering simply requires that you leave a comment on this post. Easy!

Good luck, and we’ll be announcing the winners on Monday 11th January.

We’ve previously covered a range of complex task managers for the Mac, but what if you’re looking for something much simpler? Today I’ll be investigating a number of basic to-do list applications that can help with managing a straight-forward set of tasks.

Most are desktop applications, but a few are really fantastic web apps combined with a site specific browser called Fluid. As the New Year rolls in, these should offer a great place to store that list of goals and aims for 2010!

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We’d like to say thank you to this month’s AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

CleanMyMac – CleanMyMac represents a sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy.

MiniBooks – A handy iPhone app from FreshBooks that lets you track your time and invoice your clients while you’re away from your computer.

Daylite Touch – Daylite Touch is a business productivity manager for the iPhone and iPod touch, winner of a 2009 Macworld Best of Show award, designed as a companion to Daylite on the Mac.

LittleSnapper – Take a look at LittleSnapper from Realmac Software, It’s an awesomely powerful new app to snap, annotate and share screenshots.

Billings – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.

CSS Gallery App – CSS Gallery is the premiere iPhone app that simplifies the way web designers browse sites for inspiration.

Wallet – Your own flexible, personal database for storing web passwords, serial numbers, and credit cards, and anything else!

Layers App – Layers captures every window, palette, and menu on your screen, and stores each as a separate, editable layer in a resulting Photoshop file. Very handy!

Snowtape – The missing “record” feature in iTunes, allowing you to easily record internet radio and export it to iTunes or an iPod.

Audubon Field Guides – What happens when you take the world’s best-selling and most authoritative field guides and make them interactive?

Whisper – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chat and messaging for the iPhone.

Apple’s introduction of Multi-Touch trackpads into their latest laptops was a huge step forward for notebook technology, making interacting with your Macbook far easier than ever before. One main criticism was the relatively small number of gestures available.

Although Apple did this to keep things simple for the average Mac user, the developers behind jitouch weren’t satisfied. This small utility opens up a whole new range of trackpad gestures, all of which we’ll be taking a look at today.

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It’s been a fast-paced, fun-filled month of festive giveaways, and you’ll be pleased to know that we’re ending our Christmas promotion in style. We have over $1,000 of hardware and software to give away, including a second chance to get your hands on a few popular applications, and various different iPods!

We also have an exciting announcement surrounding a new member of the AppStorm family – iPhone.AppStorm! So if you’re an iPhone or iPod touch owner, be sure to read on for more information.

Best of luck to everyone who enters, and Happy Christmas from the AppStorm team!

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If you’re looking to perform research or manage information on your Mac, there’s a good chance you will have come across DEVONthink. It’s a powerful app, designed to manage and keep in order all those disparate pieces of information so important to your work or studies.

Today we’re giving away five Infoworker’s Pro Bundles, comprised of both DEVONthink and DEVONagent. Read on for more information about these applications, and details how to enter!

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I’m a big fan of 1Password, and find it to be one of the most useful day-to-day utilities I use on my Mac. It can help save the headache of needing to remember every password, speed up the process of filling in repetitive forms, and automatically generate remarkably secure login credentials.

We have two full licenses to give away today, so read on for more information about the 1Password and how to enter!

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Bento is a “personal database” solution for OS X, suited to any number of different tasks. It’s very versatile, and could be used for anything from managing contacts to planning events. It integrates well with the iLife suite, can import/export data to various other OS X applications, and has a fully functional iPhone companion app.

We have five full licenses to give away, so read on for more information about the app, and to find out how to enter!

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